Lady Red Devils beat Zama and Yokota in mini tournament play

2014 volleyball season begins successfully for Kinnick Yo Hi

Story by Greg Mitchell, FLEACT, Yokosuka, Public Affairs

The Nile C. Kinnick Lady Red Devils opened the 2014 volleyball season successfully, defeating Yokota in straight sets, 25-10, 25-21, 27-25 and Zama American in straight sets as well, 25-7, 25-11, and 25-13, at Zama American gym, Sept. 13.

The victory over Yokota featured senior Noblae Wainwright with 10 spike kills, three service aces by sophomore Alyssa Leal, five defensive digs by senior Rhyssa Hizon and 23 set assists by senior Charla Johnson.

“The coaching staff is really proud of how our girls represented Kinnick on the court,” said head coach Tony San Nicolas. “Considering it was our first games of the season and Yokota and Zama’s second and third games shows that we are headed in the right direction.”

In the Zama match, Wainwright had five spike kills, 10 service aces by senior and team captain Audri Salter and nine more by senior Katrina Reid who also provided four defensive digs. Johnson ended up with 14 set assists.

“Overall we had a strong serving game,” said San Nicolas. “I think it really threw the opposing teams off balance which made it difficult for them to run their offense. As for the negatives, I would just like to see our group cut down on errors.”

San Nicolas said that having the girls travel on the road could be an advantage for the team because it gives them a chance to bond and interact, while building comradeship that will help strengthen them over the course of the season.

“I want to add that the crowd support was great,” said San Nicolas. “We had a good amount of parents show up and of course this helps our girls out. I hope that the win will boost our confidence and help mentally prepare us for our next match.”

Nile C. Kinnick’s next scheduled match will be at Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ), Sept. 16.

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